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Take action to support NEW trail access in the Allegheny National Forest!

July 21, 2016

IMBA chapters Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association (NAMBA—PA) and Western New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA—NY) need you to voice your support for a U.S. Forest Service proposal that would add 12 new miles of bike trail access at Tracy Ridge in the Allegheny Recreation Area in Northwest Pennsylvania.

The Forest Service needs to hear from YOU. Strong relationships with the Forest Service, thanks to local mountain biker advocacy, professionalism and dedicated volunteers, played a major role in the proposal to reopen trail to mountain bikes that was closed to bikers in 1994. We must show them our sincere appreciation and reasoned support.

According to the U.S. Forest Service scoping letter, “[the] trail system is currently underutilized...and the system has fallen into disrepair with numerous trees down and trail markers missing.” The U.S. Forest Service is counting on the mountain biking community to resolve both of these issues.

Use the following talking points to guide your comments:

  • You support the balanced proposal to allow mountain biking on 12 of the 34 miles of trail in the Tracy Ridge Recreation Area.
  • Mountain biking is non-consumptive and is an acceptable use in designated U.S. Forest Service Recreation Areas.
  • Allowing mountain bikers access to shared-use trails will increase the use of the Tracy Ridge Campground and other facilities that are currently underutilized.
  • The Mountain Biking community stands ready to partner and assist with signage, maintenance and long term stewardship of these trails given the opportunity to once again enjoy the trails via mountain bike.

Don’t delay. Please send your comments today. The deadline is August 15th.

Email Comments: comments-eastern-allegheny-bradford [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us (subject: Tracy%20Ridge%20Shared%20Use%20Trail%20Proposal)
Email Subject: “Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trail Proposal”

Mail written comments to:
Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails District
Ranger Rich Hatfield, Bradford Ranger District
29 Forest Drive
Bradford, PA 16701

 

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